Planning and Planting a New Flower Bed

Good morning! If you've been reading Poofing the Pillows for long, you know that we love to garden. We look for excuses to dig...our dates include trips to the nursery...we'd rather buy plants than food. 



This is all true. Can you relate?  When we were building the house we came one day and were dreaming about the front flower bed. I started drawing the outside lines of the bed on the ground but my husband stopped me and said, "Let's make it bigger!"  

So bigger it is! This is Texas after all.



I think the carpenters and brick layers who came here were giving us the side eye wondering what we were up to. We heard many times how much work we were getting ourselves into. We were asked over and over if we would be doing all of this ourselves. We just smiled. :)  The front flower bed measures 84 ft long x 15 or 20 ft deep. It might be bigger than our front yard was at the last house.


We needed a plan for this space and for the first time we paid a local nursery to draw a plan for us. Would we do this again? Maybe/maybe not. The plan is fabulous and we enjoyed talking plants with the nurseryman. However, we are taking the plan and doing our own thing with it. Isn't that how garden plans are though? Gardeners have to be flexible because so much is out of our control.


Here's what we've done so far:

1.  We amended the soil with a wonderful rose mix that we also used at the last house. The rose mix is filled with organic matter that fertilizes and loosens the clay that we have here.
2.  We bought all of the stones, unloaded them, and built the walking path ourselves.
3. We have begun planting the bushes so they will have time to build some roots over our winter. 
4.  We had a small dump truck load of shredded pine bark mulch delivered here. We spread all of it in two afternoons.    #passtheadvilplease



Our muscles are sore.  Our house is tracked with dirt.  We are exhausted at night. We love it!!


The planting list includes many different plants and bushes. We are also planting a Japanese Maple when the weather cools a little. 

Yesterday was our two month anniversary in our Forever Home. Things are coming along pretty nicely and we couldn't be happier. We've always thought that every home is made more beautiful with plants and trees so we are focusing on that right now.  We'll keep you posted and thanks for following along.


*I'm sure you know that our Texas friends to the south are facing Hurricane Harvey. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers for safe keeping.


35 comments

  1. Stacey, you have a really great start! It is going to be beautiful...taking the plan and amending it is what I have always done!

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  2. It's looking good and will look even better as time goes on and things grow and fill in. A lot of hard work, but well worth it.

    Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  3. Oh, Stacey, this is fantastic! Yes, that's a big bed, but I know you guys are up for it. I know EXACTLY what you mean about a plan and then changing it. We did the same thing. I think nurseries tend to overplant (they're not stupid, are they, selling?), but I also think they cater to mostly novices. I can't wait to see your garden grow and mature. This is really going to be fun to watch. I recognize all your plants pictured, as I have them all in my landscape. The stone is beautiful #worththepain
    We're having some nice weather for the next two weeks, and I'm thinking of re-planting a few things that were tired and played out in my beds. Glad to hear you're out of the path of Harvey, wasn't sure.

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  4. I think a garden is the final touch that makes a house a home! I can't wait to see it as it matures. Love the hydrangeas and cone flowers. I'm a fly be the seat of my pants gardener. Earl would love to have a professional plan but as with most things in my life, I like to change things up and feel free to experiment. I would be changing up that professional plan too! I think the hard work of gardening keeps us in better shape too. Win win!

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  5. I love your path! Your home is gorgeous. Are you out of Harvey's path? I'm worried about my sweet Texas friends (and my daughter in Baton Rouge)....

    Stay safe!

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  6. I can't believe sit to see your garden Stacey . I know it's going to look great . It's hard work but so worth it .but, my nan has always said; anything worthwhile is going to take a little hard work . Have a great day . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  7. You are off to a great start with your garden. I love getting my hands dirty in the garden too. Glad you are not in the path of the hurricane!

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  8. It is going to be wonderful. I totally understand your love for the yard. The front door is so pretty. I bet you are sleeping good!

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  9. Lots of pretty happening there! You have inspired me to get out and work in my neglected garden this morning :) Happy weekend!! xo

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  10. Oh Stacey this garden is going to be so pretty and welcoming for the new house. I cannot wait to see it all in and soo soo pretty. You will have the prettiest house on the block. Happy Friday.
    Kris

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  11. I'll be glad when the heat dies down here and I can get back outside to plant. We redid our front a few years back and I cannot believe how fast it has filled in. All the rain we got this spring helped for sure. We really need to make some changes to our backyard. All that same rain caused all kinds of drainage issues! Praying all in the path of Harvey stay safe.

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  12. If your past home's gardens were anything to go by - and the pictures prove that they are- your gardens in your forever home are going to be spectacular! I can't wait to follow along as you go!

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  13. I would love to know more about your organic rose mix. I think my soil needs help. I also need to lay some additional flagstone. Where did you find yours?

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  14. Room to garden and really spread out...I know that's what you were looking for in a forever home and it looks like you got it! Enjoy it! I can't want to see how it all turns out...

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  15. How fun to do it together! I think it will be fabulous with two gardeners doing all the work.

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  16. Are those cone flowers a pale yellow? I've never seen that color. You know how much I love gardening. A home is just not a home without a garden.
    Brenda

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  17. I agree it is so relaxing yet,sore but i love working outside in my yard. It is looking really nice and hopefully some updates in the future.

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  18. So pretty, so happy you are enjoying these gardening adventures!
    Jemma

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  19. It is going to be beautiful! How wonderful both of you enjoy gardening and creating.
    Can't wait to see the finished product.

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  20. Oh my, Stacey, it's looking good already and I'm sure the mulch smells divine!! I adore the smell of fresh mulch! Can't wait to see what you do with your new garden! ps...that front door? Major jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. I love the big flower garden! It will be beautiful. The work will be your therapy. It works for me.

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  22. Hi Stacey! Love what you've done to the place...especially that stone walkway. I'm sure it will be even more captivating once it's planted. Good that you are taking your time to plan. It pays off. Not sure how close you are to the hurricane but hope that you and friends are all safe and dry. Hugs, Pat

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  23. This is going to be a beautiful flowerbed that you both will be so proud of! I can't wait to see the progress, and I love the stone pathway! Gorgeous! (We are hunkered down here in Houston, waiting for lots of rain and hopefully not too much flooding in our area!)

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  24. What an awesome space this will be! I can't wIt to see it all filled in with colorful loveliness!! We continue to work on our landscaping, doing it ourselves is slower going but it's the way we want it. I'm doing one bed at a time. I've posted today and hope to get a couple of posts on what we've been up to outside soon. Hope you and your hubby aren't too sore tonight! Zenda

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  25. First---congrats on your first two months!!! I've so enjoyed following along on your journey to your forever home!

    I have followed you as you moved from one to now three homes, you have always done a spectacular job with your landscape and plantings, so I have no doubt you know what you are doing. I applaud you and your husband for doing so much tiring and 'hard on the muscles' work! It's going to be fantastic, Stacey. Please keep us posted!

    Jane xxx

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  26. Everything is looking so lovely! We love to garden, too. There is weeding on my to-do list this weekend!

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  27. Is there such a thing as a garden bed being too big? I think it's perfect! It's looking so good, I am also loving your sidewalk.

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  28. Stacey, nice to come back from holiday and read your blog.
    Your garden looks great... I love it.
    Love

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  29. You have been working so hard! I'm not sure where in Texas you are but I have been worrying about all my Texas friends and especially you with your beautiful new house!
    Jenna

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  30. I LOVE Gardening posts! You have a wonderful start here, hard work ahead, but, oh, the benefits you will reap.

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  31. Hey, you guys have built a pond! A little old garden with just dirt and flower and bushes or whatever? No problem for the intrepid Stacey and Company! And you know what? It'll be loads of work -- and just fabulous!

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  32. Your flowerbed is such a pretty design! Love that you are doing all the work yourselves. The stones have been placed in such an eye pleasing manner! Soon you will be able to relax and enjoy the fruit of your labors!

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  33. I love it and I can totally relate. Have fun creating your new flower bed. I'm excited to watch the progress.

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  34. Oh I am sure you are having great fun in planning and planting your gardens. Thoughts and prayers continue for the victims of Hurricane Harvey...such a most tragic, tragic event.

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